Fellowships


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PROGRAM OVERVIEW

International fellows play an integral role in Plant With Purpose’s mission to reverse deforestation and poverty around the world. Fellowships are designed to give recent graduates and working professionals an opportunity to serve hands-on in one of our international field offices.

Fellows gain practical experience by working closely with field staff, interviewing and gathering testimonies from partnering farmers and community leaders, and serving as a liaison for hosting vision trips and communications efforts with our U.S. headquarters. Fellows expand Plant With Purpose’s impact by building key relationships and transferring critical knowledge to our field staff and network of support.

Plant With Purpose has active partnerships in seven countries: Burundi, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Dominican Republic, Haiti, Mexico, Tanzania, and Thailand. One fellow will be assigned to a country partner within a given fellowship cycle. Country field offices range in size from 20-60 staff, all of whom are nationals of the country. Plant With Purpose does not have expat staff in the field offices. See Open Opportunities for partner countries who are accepting fellows for the coming cycle.


 

EDUCATION AND EXPERIENCE

Fellows must have completed a degree from an undergraduate or graduate university upon deployment. Previous international travel, cross-cultural experience, and study of international development is strongly preferred.

LANGUAGE REQUIREMENTS

While not a requirement, advanced communication ability in the local language is highly desirable and will serve as a factor for placement. Strong willingness to learn the local language of country placement is required (Spanish, French/Creole, or Thai).

CHRISTIAN FAITH

Plant With Purpose requires all fellows to possess a mature Christian faith, as they are working on behalf of our local partner organizations and spiritual renewal in accordance to the Bible is an integrated part of the local program.

DEPLOYMENT

Accepted fellows will convene for a week-long orientation at the Plant With Purpose headquarters in San Diego in late June. All fellows will deploy from San Diego to their field office assignment following orientation.

COMMITMENT

All fellowships require a 10-12 month commitment.

HOUSING, TRAVEL, AND SAFETY

Plant With Purpose is committed to each fellow’s safety and wellness. Plant With Purpose field staff will meet each fellow at the airport and help them adjust to the local environment and new culture. Plant With Purpose has varying options for housing depending on the placement country: Housing is fully covered and provided on site in Thailand; housing is fully covered in the form of a homestay with a family in the Dominican Republic; and a monthly housing reimbursement will be provided to fellows in Haiti, though finding suitable long-term housing will be the responsibility of the Haiti fellow; assistance and temporary housing will be provided while fellows secure permanent housing for the 10-12 month assignment in Haiti. 

Although fellows go through a detailed security and cross-cultural training during orientation in San Diego, Plant With Purpose encourages applicants to be cognizant of the inherent risks of living and traveling in a developing country.

COMPENSATION AND EXPENSES

All fellowship positions are unpaid. The cost of housing is fully covered by Plant With Purpose, but additional expenses are to be covered by the fellow. Plant With Purpose can provide fundraising materials if the fellow chooses to fundraise through his/her church or individual supporters. Supporters will receive a tax-deductible receipt from Plant With Purpose for any donations made to support the fellowship.

The following costs are generally incurred and required for fellows to cover financially during their 10-12 month assignment.

  • Travel to San Diego for orientation
  • Travel to/from overseas assignment
  • Health and travel insurance and required vaccinations
  • Passport, visa, and work permit fees
  • General monthly living expenses (food, local transportation, personal care, utilities, etc.)
  • Any additional travel or entertainment expenses

Average annual estimate of expenses each fellow will be responsible for raising is $5,500 – 7,000 (final amount will vary based on country placement). This estimated range excludes transportation to San Diego for orientation and personal travel while on assignment.


 

APPLICATION AND DECISION

Please see Current Openings for available fellowships. Applications are accepted year-round and due April 1. Interviews and decisions will be conducted in April with deployment occurring between July to August.

INQUIRIES

Please direct all inquiries to Kenzie Leas, at fellowship@plantwithpurpose.org.